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[skam-per] /ˈskæm pər/
verb (used without object)
to run or go hastily or quickly.
to run playfully about, as a child.
a scampering; a quick run.
Origin of scamper
1680-90; obsolete scamp to go (see scamp) + -er6 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for scamper
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  • He just couldn't sit still, but must scamper over to the place Happy Jack Squirrel told him about.

    The Adventures of Prickly Porky Thornton W. Burgess
  • The two elder are so frightened by the darkness that they scamper home.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • Peter set a small kid on the floor and watched it scamper about the room, looking for an exit.

    The White Feather Hex Don Peterson
  • For a moment or two she was tempted to scamper back to the farmhouse.

    The Tale of Master Meadow Mouse Arthur Scott Bailey
  • And the two girls felt also gay and cool, and they wanted to scamper and to laugh, to chatter and to jest.

    The Created Legend Feodor Sologub
  • And he dashed out of the woodshed and ran to the barnyard as fast as he could scamper.

  • The three took a scamper over the downs, and returned by way of the shore.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
  • That scamper in the cold after you, my good boy, was rather tiring, I can tell you.'

    Peterkin Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • She jumped out of bed, opened the door and allowed Pete to scamper away.

    Tess of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • I expected to see him fall, but the shot only made him scamper on the faster.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for scamper


verb (intransitive)
to run about playfully
(often foll by through) to hurry quickly through (a place, task, book, etc)
the act of scampering
Derived Forms
scamperer, noun
Word Origin
C17: probably from scamp (vb); see scamp1
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Word Origin and History for scamper

"to run quickly," 1680s, probably from Flemish schampeeren, frequentative of schampen "run away," from Old North French escamper (Old French eschamper) "to run away, flee, quit the battlefield, escape," from Vulgar Latin *excampare "decamp," literally "leave the field," from Latin ex campo, from ex "out of" (see ex-) + campo, ablative of campus "field" (see campus). A vogue word late 17c. Related: Scampered; scampering. The noun is 1680s, from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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